APHIS aims to improve animal disease reporting, response | Survivors become source of care, hope for Ebola outbreak | Veterinarians ensure zoos are ready for outbreaks and other emergencies
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October 24, 2014
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APHIS aims to improve animal disease reporting, response
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Veterinary Services unit is accepting feedback on upgrades to animal disease reporting until Jan. 16. The agency is seeking feedback regarding its standardized list of reportable diseases plan and a framework for disease response. The goal is to ensure that animal and public health are protected and to promote a rapid and efficient response to emerging diseases, outbreaks and food safety threats. PorkNetwork.com (10/22)
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Survivors become source of care, hope for Ebola outbreak
Over 4,500 people have died in the West African Ebola outbreak, but at least 1,000 people have survived the infection, according to the medical charity Doctors Without Borders. Because survivors have natural immunity to the deadly disease, they are a source of antibodies for possible treatment, and they can provide much-needed care and human connection for those who are infected and largely isolated. The World Health Organization says a serum developed using survivors' antibodies could be available as soon as December. Reuters (10/22)
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Veterinarians ensure zoos are ready for outbreaks and other emergencies
Zoos and aquariums have to be prepared in the event of an emergency such as flooding, a power outage or an outbreak of infectious disease, and veterinarian Yvette Johnson-Walker helps ensure they are ready. Collaborating with veterinarian Yvonne Nadler of the Zoo and Aquarium All Hazards Preparedness Response and Recovery Center, Dr. Johnson-Walker has brought a training program to institutions in 23 states. Dr. Johnson-Walker is a clinical epidemiologist and instructor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, and she is the lead author on a new paper addressing the topic in the journal Homeland Security & Emergency Management. PhysOrg.com (10/23)
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Animal News
Lapsed rabies vaccine forces euthanasia of dog after skunk bite
A 10-year-old Brockton, Mass., schnauzer mix whose rabies vaccine expired two weeks earlier was euthanized after a skunk that bit it tested positive for the disease. "It is really sad. My heart goes out to the animal's owner. But those two weeks make the animal not covered," said Animal Inspector Megan Hanrahan, urging pet owners to ensure that vaccinations are kept current. The Enterprise (Brockton, Mass.) (10/22)
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Secret Service K-9s take down White House intruder
An intruder didn't get more than 20 yards onto the White House grounds Wednesday evening because two Secret Service security dogs stopped him. The dogs, named Hurricane and Jordan, were treated afterwards by a veterinarian for bruises they incurred from kicks during the incident. They have recovered and can return to work. WRC-TV (Washington, D.C.)/The Associated Press (10/23)
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Spanish Ebola survivor learns her dog was euthanized
Teresa Romero, the health care worker in Spain who recently recovered from Ebola, has learned that her dog was euthanized by authorities. Her husband says she is questioning the decision to euthanize the dog, but officials said at the time that they were concerned the dog could put others at risk. In the U.S., a patient's dog has been placed in quarantine. Wisconsin State Journal (Madison)/The Associated Press (10/23)
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How to protect your personal finances
To achieve peace of mind and financial stability, keep your personal and business accounts separate, writes J.D. Roth. Avoid putting too much of your own money into your business if possible, and plan for the worst. "When business is booming, smart owners save first," Roth writes. Entrepreneur online (10/23)
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Association News
Is this normal? -- When to take your pet to the vet
We can't ask our pets if they're feeling OK, so how do we know if something is wrong with them? In this AVMA video, Dr. Shelly Rubin discusses some of the signs to look for and when it's necessary to take your pet to the veterinarian. Watch the video.
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Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder."
-- Henry David Thoreau,
American writer and naturalist
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